Liquor

National Mint Julep Day

mint julep

“Mint Julep” by Kenn Wilson is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

* 2 cups of water

* 2 cups white sugar

* 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves

* 32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon

* 8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish

Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves

Fill eight cups or frozen goblets with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. (Proportions can be adjusted depending on each person’s sweet tooth). Top each cup with a mint sprig and a straw. Trim straws to just barely protrude from the top of the cups. Serve juleps on a silver platter.

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